Today, with the help of a couple dermatologists, we’re breaking down that common misconception and providing you with an SPF plan of action to make sure your skin stays healthy and beautiful.
This morning, as you dutifully apply your SPF-infused cosmetics, you may have assumed you were doing your part to protect your skin from the sun. The truth is that while sunscreen in your primer, bb cream, blush, powder and lip products is a very good thing, it’s technically not enough coverage for everyday wear.
Your Daily Sunscreen Requirements
As we noted before, makeup with SPF will give you some protection, but it should be considered a complement to a regular application of sunscreen, not a replacement. “Usually, most makeup SPF is not at least 30, or is not photo-stable, meaning in about one hour it will stop working,” explains Tanya Kormeili, dermatologist and clinical professor of Dermatology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Additionally, she explains that you’re not re-applying makeup frequently enough to fully protect your skin throughout the day.
Finding The Right Sunscreen For Your Face
For those who have sensitive or inflamed skin, we recommend Thank You Farmer Safe Sun Fluid AGE 0880 SPF50+ PA++++, which boasts a 50 SPF plus a PA++++ and will help soothe while moisturizing. It’s approved for your face and the rest of your body, and absorbs quickly so that you can apply the rest of your makeup on top.
Another good option that’s ideal for all skin types is CellFusion C Laser Sunscreen 100 SPF 50+/PA+++, which also has SPF 50, PA+++. It’s intended specifically for your face!